Former Remploy Frontline Resurrected as OPEC CBRNe


A highly regarded British social enterprise made a welcome return to the defence and security space during August, with the former Remploy Frontline business, purchased in 2013 by Haven Protective Technology Solutions, now working in partnership with the newly-formed OPEC CBRNe.

A key focus for the resurrected enterprise is the creation of technologically superior CBRN garments, which will be on show at the London DSEI Exhibition during 12-15 September.

“OPEC CBRNe is immensely proud to be able to partner with Haven to continue to provide a range of products for the next generation of military and first responders,” said OPEC CBRNe Business Development Manager, Chris Jackson.

“We know there is great appreciation in the market for the return of this renowned range, and we are delighted that the good work of this social enterprise in providing meaningful employment for disabled people can continue under the OPEC CBRNe brand,” he said.

Building on the global success of the original MkIV and MkIVA range, the ‘Kestrel’ and ‘Phoenix’ ensembles are flagships of OPEC CBRNe. They have arisen out of decades of robust research and development, complimented by integration of the markets latest cutting edge technologies and an appreciation of today’s complex military environment.

Both suits exceed NATO standards and are made using lightweight materials, advanced construction techniques and exciting new innovations in suit design.

“There’s a lot of excitement surrounding the streamlined Kestrel system. It’s a versatile medium-weight garment which is 30 per cent lighter than current systems and ideally suited to high heat burden environments. Its design ensures excellent CBRN protection while at the same time delivering long term comfort, breathability and ease of movement in a high threat environment.”

“The Kestrel has already distinguished itself with its award as the preferred CBRN ensemble for the Australian Government in December 2016. This is a major coup for OPEC’s CBRNe, and reflects that market’s appreciation for a lighter, extra comfortable and more breathable garment with retained safety features.”

Another welcome addition to the range is the one piece ‘Falcon’, which achieves all the protection and comfort features of the Kestrel in a one piece format.

The team at OPEC CBRNe are not just resting on the laurels of the former Remploy Frontline technologies. Currently in development is ‘The Roc’, which is a high protection, quick donning CBRN uniform suitable for first responder wear, such as police, ambulance and fire services.

“This innovative configuration utilises the latest membrane technologies to maximise protection levels and field durability for users whilst keeping weight and thermal burden as low as possible,” he said.

While OPEC CBRNe is a new player in the UK market, its Australian based owner, OPEC Systems, has been operating in the CBRN space since 1998 as a major supplier of CBRN equipment and a respected contractor for clean-up of contaminated chemical weapons sites.

OPEC CBRNe will be exhibiting at Stand: S10-210 at the DSEI exhibition.


OPEC Systems is a privately owned Australian company specialising in creating intelligently engineered equipment and services designed for operating within complex hazardous environments.

OPEC Systems was first established in Australia in Sydney in 1992, and currently employs over 80 permanent staff. The company has an unwavering commitment to safety and professionalism, and is a practical, solution driven enterprise focused on the provision of high quality services and equipment to its diverse global client base.